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Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Cases rise, 11 of 22 districts in red zone

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, July 20

With the number of positive cases increasing by the day, the number of districts in the red zone, according to zoning parameters recommended by the Centre, has increased by nearly 50 per cent in a week.

Nine districts — Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Mahendragarh, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak and Sonepat — have been placed in the red zone for the total number of active cases in the week ended July 19 compared to six districts a week before.

In terms of active cases per lakh population, Jhajjar, Panchkula and the nine mentioned above have been included in the red zone in the week ended July 19 compared to eight districts a week back. All other districts are in the orange zone while no district is in the green zone on these two parameters.

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has recommended various parameters like total active cases, active cases per lakh population, case fatality rate, testing ratio, positivity rate and case doubling rate for determining zones.

On the parameters of positivity rate and case doubling rate, the number of districts in the red zone remains unchanged at four and five, respectively. Faridabad leads with the maximum of 1,194 active cases, followed by 1,028 in Gurugram and 718 in Sonepat.

Rajeev Arora, Additional Chief Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, said the state government had increased testing considerably and with the increase in cases, the focus was on saving more lives.

He said 10,203 samples were tested on July 19 compared to 9,771 a week earlier, thereby registering an increase from 38 samples per lakh population to 40.

"Due to the government's efforts, the fatality rate has come down from 1.4 per cent to 1.3 per cent last week. Testing ratio per lakh population has gone up from 1,444 to 1,733 last week, which has helped the department identify infected persons early and isolate them. Higher testing is helping saving lives by hospitalising moderate and critical cases well in time," Arora added.

No district in green zone

  • In the week ended on July 19, Ambala, Faridabad, Gurugram, Hisar, Mahendragarh, Panipat, Rewari, Rohtak, Sonepat, Jhajjar and Panchkula districts are in red zone
  • All other districts are in the orange zone, while no district is in the green zone


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